Minister Foley Welcomes the Announcement of the Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce

Minister Norma Foley has welcomed the announcement of the membership of the Shannon Estuary Economic Task-force.

Minister for Education and Kerry TD, Norma Foley has welcomed this week’s announcement of the membership of the Shannon Estuary Economic Task-force.

The new Task-force brings together a team with expertise in research, academia and industry and will be chaired by Barry O’Sullivan, formerly of J&J and current IDA board member.

The group will produce a report that will specify the actions needed to create jobs and secure investment along the estuary and in its vicinity. It will report by the end of November of this year.

Strengths and Potential of the Shannon Estuary

Minister Foley said that she welcomes the establishment of the task-force which will have a clear focus on assessing the strengths and potential of the region.

“The work of the group will provide a significant opportunity to harness opportunities for growth and development of the area for the benefit of the local community,” said Minister Foley.

The Task-force Includes

The membership of the Task-force includes: Chairperson Barry O’Sullivan – formerly of J&J and current IDA board member; Mary Considine – CEO Shannon Group; Siobhan Dolan Clancy – Managing Director, SDC Business Consulting Ltd; Seán Hegarty – ESB Generation and Trading; Seamus Hoyne – Dean of Flexible and Work Place Learning – Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest; Pat Keating – CEO Shannon Foynes Port Company; Professor Eamonn Murphy – University of Limerick & Chair of Mid-West Regional Enterprise Plan; Dr. Brendan O‘Donnell – Vice President Research & Vice President Academic Affairs & Registrar – Munster Technological University; Dee Ryan – CEO of Limerick Chamber; Professor Luuk van der Wielen – Director Bernal Institute, University of Limerick.

Support Base

The Task-force will be supported in its work by a secretariat from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment alongside Páraic Rattigan, Programme Manager for Mid-West Regional Enterprise Plan and Jonathan Hoare, Programme Manager for South-West Regional Enterprise Plan.

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